The turmoil comes just three days before United begin their 2022-23 Premier League campaign at home to Brighton. Ten Hag has just three senior forwards who have played the entirety of pre-season.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial will likely start that game at Old Trafford, with Ronaldo not yet fit to play a significant role. United have missed out on several forward targets this transfer window.
But Ten Hag is likely buoyed by the prospect of potentially signing the 19-year-old RB Salzburg starlet Benjamin Sesko. Several reports have suggested that the Slovenian has met with a couple of clubs, including United, and is deciding his future with his representatives.
Salzburg are believed to want around £45m for Sesko. United are desperate to sign a new forward.